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UGA's Path Forward: Recruiting 2018

Matt DeBary breaks down the path forward the Bulldogs will take, and who is out there, for the class of 2018.

Quarterback: Need 2

Trevor Lawrence (5-star): The Cartersville (GA) star and two-time state champion is the top prospect in the country. He is committed to Clemson, but the Georgia staff won’t give up easily. Lawrence is solid to Clemson at this time and will enroll early next January.

Emory Jones (4-star): The Heard County (GA) native holds a Georgia offer and currently committed to Ohio State. Georgia still recruiting him, but Jones seems solid to the Buckeyes. 

Justin Fields (4-star): The Harrison (GA) QB holds a Georgia offer and is currently committed to Penn State. Georgia will continue to recruit him hard in hopes for a flip. Fields has a strong arm and the ability to create plays with his feet. 

Joey Gatewood (4-star): The dual-threat quarterback is currently committed to Auburn. Georgia offered on January 19. 

Tanner McKee (4-star): McKee is a California kid with great size. He is interested in Georgia, but will be tough to get in the end.

Jarren Williams (3-star): The Central Gwinnett (GA) QB is currently committed to Kentucky. He is on Georgia’s radar but does not hold an offer at the moment.

Cade Fortin (4-star): The North Gwinnett (GA) QB is a current Texas A&M commit. He does not currently hold a UGA offer.

Running Back: Need at least 2-3

Zamir White (5-star): Top RB in the nation. Georgia has been high on White’s list for a long time, but Clemson looks to be the leader at the moment.  The elite, 6-foot-1 210-pound back visited Georgia this past weekend, and plans to announce a decision in the summer. 

Dameon Pierce (4-star): Bainbridge (GA) native is the top-ranked back in Georgia and is committed to Alabama. I expect Georgia to keep recruiting the 5-foot-11 203-pound back hard until the end.

Asa Martin (4-star): The Alabama native holds a UGA offer and has interest in the Bulldogs.

Lyn-J Dixon (3-star): Taylor County (GA) back holds a UGA offer and is one of the most productive backs in Georgia. His stock is rising quick. 

Ladamian Webb (unranked): The 5-foot-8 180-pound Webb might still be unknown at the moment, but he had an incredible junior season this past fall and should start earning offers left and right soon. He plays bigger than his size and is very tough to tackle. The Beauregard (AL) product could be an option for Georgia very soon.

Nuru Ninch (3-star): The Newton (GA) back does not hold a UGA offer and might not get one, but he has been impressive at camps and is a prospect to know.

Wide Receiver/Tight End: Need 3-4

Kearis Jackson (4-star): The Peach County (GA) prospect is the top-ranked WR in Georgia. UGA is in a great spot right now and currently the team to beat for his commitment. He has great speed and playmaking ability at 6-foot 197-pounds. Clemson could be a team to watch also. Jackson visited Georgia this past weekend and sit in a great spot at this time.

Marquez Ezzard (4-star): The Stockbridge (GA) star is trending towards UGA after receiving an offer early in 2017. The 6-foot-1 195-pound speedster visited Georgia in late January. If they recruit him hard, UGA could be tough to beat. He shows great speed, ability to separate, and reliable hands.

Josh Vann (Currently not ranked): Van blew up in the Rising Seniors game last month after a very impressive junior season at Tucker (GA). The 6-foot 175-pounder showed great quickness and agility with the ball, and does a great job of making defenders miss. Georgia recently offered, along with Missouri, South Carolina, Kansas State, and South Florida. Look for more schools to start offering this spring.

Matthew Hill (4-star): The Brookwood (GA) athlete does not have a UGA offer, but could down the road. Has visited UGA multiple times and is on their radar. Alabama, Florida State, Florida, Ohio State, among others have offered the 6-foot-1 185-pound athlete.

Miles Jones (3-star): The American Heritage (GA) athlete was recently offered by Georgia to play in the slot. He’s a smaller type of receiver who is explosive with the ball and will be a weapon on special teams. Look for more offers to start coming his way.

Jacob Copeland (4-star): He is a Florida native with a UGA offer, but Florida and Clemson look to be in great shape here.

Joshua Moore (4-star): The Texas native has heard from UGA a ton, and has high interest in them. It will be tough for UGA to eventually sign him, but he is still a target. He holds offers from major teams across the country.

Mustapha Muhammad (4-star): The Missouri City (TX) prospect is the second-ranked tight end prospect in the country. The 6-foot-4 225-pounder holds offers from Georgia, Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and many more. 

Georgia Takacs (Not-ranked): The Gulf Coast (FL) tight end has great size at 6-foot-6 235-pounds and holds offers from Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, among others.

Seth Williams (4-star): The Alabama native holds a UGA offer among others.

C.J Moore (4-star): Tulsa (OK) native. UGA was his first SEC offer and they are high on his list. 

Jatavious Harris (3-star): The Baldwin County (GA) prospect does not hold a UGA offer, but he is a rising prospect in the state and holds offers from Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Miami. He’s listed at 6-foot-3 with track speed. His recruitment will continue to pick up. 

Offensive Line: Need 3-4

Max Wray (4-star): Way is a current UGA offensive tackle commit and ranked the 64th overall prospect in the 2018 class. Wray will be a vocal recruiter for Georgia in this class. 

Jamaree Salyer (5-star): The Pace Academy (GA) guard is the top UGA target on the offensive line. The Bulldogs are in a great position along with Clemson and Ohio State. Salyer is a former high school teammate of Andrew Thomas and Trey Blount who signed with UGA in the 2017 class.

Trey Hill (4-star): Hill is one of the top guards in the country and former high school teammate of Jake Fromm at Houston County (GA). He is a major target and the Bulldogs are in great shape at the moment.

James Ohonba (4-star): The Woodland (GA) guard holds a UGA offer, but the Bulldogs look to be recruiting others harder at this time. Ohonba holds offers from Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Stanford, among others.

Christian Armstrong (4-star): The Warner Robins (GA) tackle holds a UGA offer, and he is interested in the Bulldogs. UGA is not recruiting him as high as others. Armstrong has visited multiple schools this fall and seems very open in his recruitment. Florida State looks to be in great shape here. 

Kavesz Sherard (4-star): The T L Hanna (SC) tackle holds a UGA offer. Clemson is a great position early. Sherard Visited Georgia this summer at the final Kirby Smart camp.

Christian Meadows (4-star): The Macon County (GA) guard is currently committed to Florida State. Meadows is on Georgia’s radar but does not hold an offer. The UGA staff thinks he’s a little small, but they are still in contact with him and could possible offer him to play center. Meadows visited Alabama this past weekend and left with an offer from the Crimson Tide.

Jalil Irvin (3-star): The Stephenson (GA) guard holds a UGA offer, but the staff is recruiting others harder at the moment. 

Defensive Line: Need 4-5

Adam Anderson (4-star): Anderson is a current UGA commit and 6-foot-5 220-pounds out of Rome. He’s long, athletic, and can really rush the passer. He could stand up and play OLB as well if needed. Anderson is a very promising prospect and a great early pickup for the Bulldogs.

Brenton Cox (Current 3-star): One of the fastest rising prospects in Georgia, the Stockbridge (GA) prospect is very high on UGA’s board. He has turned into an elite pass rusher and holds offers from Georgia, Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State among others. Georgia is in a great spot for Cox at this time. He visited UGA twice in November to see them play Auburn and Georgia Tech, and visited Georgia again this past weekend.

Justin Mascoll (4-star): The South Gwinnett (GA) native was an early UGA lean at one time, but FSU and Clemson look to be in a great spot here. The Bulldogs are still in the running, but not as good a position as they once were. It seems like the staff likes Cox more at this time.

Darnell Jefferies (unranked): The Newton (GA) DT was also impressive last month at Rising Seniors.  He’s a strong kid who was tough to block all week. Jefferies visited Georgia this past weekend and earned an offer. He certainly looks the part physically and has the ability to play all over the defensive line at the next level. Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, among others have also offered.

Rick Sandidge (4-star): The Concord (NC) DT has been impressive at camps recently, and the Bulldogs offered last month. Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, among others have also offered the 6-foot-5 270-pound Sandidge. 

Robert Cooper (4-star): The South Gwinnett (GA) star is currently committed to Florida State and seems solid at this time. Georgia offered last week. Cooper is the top-ranked DT prospect in Georgia.

Jaevon Becton (Not-ranked): Georgia offered the 6-foot-4 240-pound DE in late January. Becton will visit Georgia the weekend of February 17th. N.C State and East Carolina have also offered.

Stacy Kirby  (4-star): Kirby is a four-star DE from Orlando, Florida. The 6-foot-3 230-pounder holds offers from Georgia, Florida, FSU, Auburn, among others.

Jamarcus Chatman (3-star): Every year during Rising Seniors, an unknown prospect gets noticed and becomes a big prospect sooner than later. Chatman could be that guy after a very impressive Rising Seniors week last month. He does not have a UGA offer at this time, but an offer down the road for the Rome (GA) prospect would not be surprising. 

D’Andre Litaker (4-star):  The Riverdale (TN) lineman holds a Georgia offer but Tennessee is close to home. Alabama and Auburn among others are also in the mix.

Malik Langham (Not-ranked): The 6-foot-5 255-pound defensive end was offered by Georgia last week and it was his first SEC offer. Langham plays at Lee High School in Huntsville, Alabama.

Josh Walker (3-star): The Carrolton (GA) native is transferring to play at IMG Academy next fall. Michigan, UCLA, and Notre Dame have offered so far. If Georgia offers down the road he is immediately on commit watch.

Austin Smith (3-star): The Ola (GA) defensive lineman was very impressive during his junior year and at multiple camps. He’s a big strong kid who plays with a mean streak. Smith has offers from North Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, among others. He is on Georgia’s radar and has visited multiple times.

Linebacker:  Need 3-5

Quay Walker (4-star): The Crisp County (GA) outside linebacker is high on Georgia’s list. He named Georgia his leader in late December and is a close friend of Georgia target Markaviest Bryant. The two have expressed interest in playing together but it is not complete package deal. Auburn is Georgia’s biggest competition at the moment. Alabama offered in late January. 

J.J Peterson (4-star): The Colquitt County (GA) outside linebacker has offers from Georgia, Clemson and Florida.  

Teradja Mitchell (4-star): One of the highest rated outside linebackers in the country; Mitchell holds offers from Georgia, Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and many more.

Quin Williams (4-star): The Morgan County (GA) athlete does not hold a Georgia offer, but he’s one who could possibly earn an offer at some point. Florida, Michigan, Tennessee, South Carolina, among others have offered. Georgia likes others more at this time.

Zakoby McClain (3-star): The Valdosta (GA) inside linebacker does not hold a Georgia offer, but could earn one down the road. He holds offers from Tennessee, Nebraska, and Maryland.

Otis Reese (4-star): Listed as a safety, the Lee County (GA) athlete has a great chance to step down and play middle linebacker at the next level. He is a strong Michigan commit at this time. 

Defensive Back: Need 4-5

Tyreke Johnson (5-star): A longtime Georgia target, the Trinity Christian Academy (FL) defensive back is one of the top overall players in the country. A once Florida State lean, Johnson sees himself going out of state at this moment. He recently said UCLA is his current leader, followed by Georgia, Alabama and USC.

Patrick Surtain (5-star): Surtain is the top ranked cornerback in the country out of American Heritage (FL). His coach says Georgia is recruiting him hard and that Surtain has high interest in the Bulldogs. I do not think Georgia is a legitimate contender for Surtain at this time, but Kirby Smart and James Coley came by the school in the middle of January. 

Christian Tutt (4-star): Tutt was a strong Georgia lean at one time, and Georgia still has a great shot at landing the Thomson (GA) star. Tutt visited Georgia in late November and he is the top ranked cornerback prospect in Georgia.

Derrik Allen (4-star): The Lassiter (GA) safety has interest at Georgia, but Clemson is in a great spot here. He visited Clemson this past weekend. Ohio State and Alabama are contenders also. 

Christopher Smith (4-star): The Hapeville Charter (GA) cornerback holds a Georgia offer among many more. He is a former teammate of Georgia signee William Poole, he visited Georgia twice in the fall, and he is a current Georgia lean at this time.

Quindarious Monday (4-star): The hard hitting safety received a Georgia offer in early January, and that was an offer he really wanted. If Georgia wants him and recruits him hard they could be tough to beat. Monday also has high interest in Auburn, Florida State, Alabama, and others. 

Myles Sims (4-star): The Westlake (GA) safety is wide open in his recruitment, and does have interest in Georgia. Sims visited Alabama the last weekend in January. Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, Clemson, and others are in the mix at this time.

Tre’ Douglas (3-star): Douglas is a 6-foot-2 183-pound cornerback for ELCA (GA) in McDonough. Georgia offered last week. Douglas also holds offers from Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, among others.

Trey Dean (3-star): The fast rising safety has been pulling in offers left and right so far in 2017, but he does not currently have a Georgia offer. It’s one he wants and he could possibly get one down the road. Florida, Tennessee, UCLA, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, and others have offered at this time. 

Kyler McMichael (4-star): The GAC (GA) defensive back has interest in Georgia, but is wide open in his recruitment. Multiple schools seem to be ahead of Georgia at this time.

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